Author: Jon Manson

Liberty drops 2nd game of Paradise Jam to Houston

A put back by Houston’s Corey Davis, Jr in the final second lifted the Cougars to a 68-66 win over Liberty. The Flames trailed by 3 points on the previous possession before Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz converted a 3-point play to tie the game with 11 seconds left. Pacheco finished the game with 16 points on 5/7 shooting from the field after being scoreless in the first half. He picked up 2 first half fouls which limited his playing time. Georgie also added 3 rebounds. His parents are in town for the tournament this weekend, Georgie hasn’t seen them since Puerto...

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Mercer gives Liberty first loss of season, Flames to face Houston

Liberty and Mercer opened the 2017 Paradise Jam Friday afternoon with a 63-48 Mercer win. The Bears advance to play Drexel, who defeated Houston, 84-80. Liberty will face the Cougars at noon. The Bears made it a point of emphasis from the onset to pound the ball in the paint to their bigs, leading to a rebounding edge of 37-23 and outscoring the Flames in points in the paint 24-16. The Flames struggled shooting from the floor, being held to just 35% on 17-of-49 shooting on the afternoon. For the majority of the game, Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman...

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Final Thoughts: Charleston Southern

Liberty (6-4, 2-2) faces Charleston Southern (5-5, 2-2) on Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina. The Flames are hoping to put an end to the Buccaneers’ 3 game win streak in the series. Series history Liberty has faced CSU more than any other opponent in the program’s history, as Saturday will be the 25th meeting between the two schools. The Flames and Buccaneers are two of the four charter members of the Big South Football Conference with Liberty’s first Big South conference win coming against Charleston Southern. The Flames have dominated the overall series, winning 19 of the 24 meetings,...

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Reunions Abound in Mercer/Liberty game

When Liberty and Mercer tip-off the Paradise Jam Friday at noon inside the Vines Center, there will be plenty of connections on the sideline. Former Liberty head coach Dale Layer joined the Mercer coaching staff this summer. Layer was Liberty’s head coach for 6 seasons from 2009-2015, his stint was highlighted by a Big South Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. Layer and Ritchie McKay’s connection goes much further back than that though, as McKay served as an assistant under Layer at Queens College in 1989-1990. A decade later, they reunited when McKay was hired as head...

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